Senate committee approves Mrvan bill to halt late property tax bills

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – February 18, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — The Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy committee unanimously approved a measure on Tuesday that would make changes to the property tax billing process. State Senator Frank Mrvan (D-Hammond), who is co-sponsoring House Bill (HB) 1059 in the Senate, says the measure would provide property taxpayers with proper notice of the tax amount due on their properties and maintain a consistent schedule for bills.

“Currently, almost every county, including Lake, experience delays when sending out property tax bills. HB 1059 will require counties to send property tax bills out on time, twice yearly, to ensure that taxpayers know when property taxes are due,” said Mrvan. “This legislation will not only help taxpayers to incorporate property taxes into their house budgets, but it will help local units of government to better plan their operating budgets and avoid taking out loans, often incurring costly interest payments.”

HB 1059 would require counties that anticipate being behind schedule with spring tax bills to send provisional tax bills in which 50 percent of the previous year’s total tax liability would be due in May. If the final property tax bills were not determined by fall, the remaining 50 percent of the previous year’s bill would be collected in November. If the final amount for the current year had been determined, a reconciliation bill for the remainder of the current year’s taxes would be issued and due in November.

Sen. Mrvan said the measure will take the guesswork out of this process and maintain the timeliness of property tax bill mailings. This would allow the county time to determine the accurate amount of taxes owed while the abstract of the property is being completed.  The proposal would also allow taxpayers to make uniform payments until a reconciling statement is issued, and any overpayments in property taxes corrected.

The bill will now move to the senate floor for consideration by the full body.

For more information on Senator Mrvan, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.senatedemocrats.in.gov

Contact: Peg McLeish
Phone: 317-232-9507
Email: pmcleish (at) iga.in (dot) gov

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